Florence is the capital of the Italian central region called Tuscany, in-between Rome (280 km), and Milan (318 km). Florence is one of the most important Italian artistic cities and, as the capital of the Italian Renaissance, is globally known. Moreover, its closeness to the worldwide appreciate landscapes of Chianti area gives to Florence another asset to be one of the most visited area of Europe. Since 1975, year in which Florence had its population peak (462.000 inhabitants), inhabitants of Florence municipality has constantly decreased. Conversely the municipalities of the metropolitan area have increased their quota of population (see figure 1). A significant part of population growth is due to immigration. In the 1995-2005 decade, the number of foreign people has increased of 175,4 % and it reached the 8,9% of Florence resident population. Florence has also faced a gentrification process in the extent with its prestigious monumental area has been populated by high-income and medium-high level of instruction people.
The City of Florence:
Photos: City of Florence - ©Comune di Firenze (1 & 2) & ©Comune di Campi Bisenzio (3)